Saturday, October 10, 2015

Palacio Nazarenas Highlights

Palacio Nazarenas and Hotel Monasterio
The great thing about the Palacio Nazarenas is that it is such an ancient building with over 450 years of history and stories. The Belmond hotel group has been working over 10 years with archaeologists and historians to present the Palacio as an ancient building with modern conveniences. 

Daniel, our Butler gave us a very informative tour of both the Nazarenas and the Monasterio next door. It was very informative.

17th Century Cuzqueña Style Painted Box  
Holes from Lye Soap on Fountain
In the main courtyard is the the ancient well where the Nazarene nuns obtained water and washed their clothes. There are holes all around the edges of the fountain and it turns out that when the Nazarenes washed their clothes, they used such a strong lye soap that it ate holes in the granite Fountain. Strong Soap.

Distinguished Art Restorer
Restored 16th Century Painting of the Palacio and Monks

We saw the distinguished art restorer Julio Ninantay at work on major wall of murals walking into the old courtyard. Julio has been significant in restoring murals throughout the Palacio Nazarenas complex and sister hotel the Belmond Monasterio next-store. He showed us just how the gentle restoration is done.

Girls singing in Nazarenas Chapel
Coming back to the Palacio one evening we heard an angelic singing coming from the small Nazarene chapel still standing within the old building. As we entered the old doors we found a very charming, very cute group of young girls singing with all their might. The old chapel has been deconsecrated and it is now used for many things including meetings, weddings and singing. It was a very nice experience to happen upon.

Ancient Doors to Nazarene Chapel
We throughly enjoyed or stay at the Belmond Palacio Nazarenas in Cusco Peru. It has everything, high standards, exceptional service and a central location. It has both history and luxury. This is the place to stay in Cusco.

Highly recommended!

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